10 October romance releases to fall in love with this month

Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
Payback's a Witch by Lana Harper. Image courtesy Penguin Random House /
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October 2021 release: Before and After You by Hope Ellis

Been There Done That author Hope Ellis brings readers the second installment in her Leffersbee series this October: Before and After YouAn opposites-attract story, Ellis’ latest has it all: familial drama, secrets, and sparks flying.

Before and After You follows a lover and a fighter. The lover in question is Walker Leffersbee, a ladies’ man with lots on his plate. Running his family’s bank and a blossoming property renovation business doesn’t leave much time for romance. Of course, that won’t stop it from coming for him.

It does so in the form of his sister’s best friend and the aforementioned fighter, Leigh D’Alessandro. Leigh has already overcome a dysfunctional family and terrible marriage, and she’s ready to go to war for the community hospital she works for.

She’s not able to fight her feelings for Walker, though. And when the two find themselves spending more time together, just about anything can happen:

"“When a home renovation project brings them too close for comfort, they both struggle to withstand the growing heat. As they grow closer helping each other navigate family minefields, Walker learns that love is not a four-letter word, and Leigh realizes that some battles are meant to be lost.”"

Despite their attraction to one another, there is one thing weighing on Walker and Leigh’s blossoming relationship: a secret that could destroy his life as he knows it — one that Leigh already knows about.

Will the duo be able to overcome whatever Walker’s been hiding? Find out when Before and After You arrives in print and ebook format on Oct. 19.